Obama shrugs off Asia absence
- Published: 9 Oct 2013 at 03.49
- Online news:
President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that his absence from twin summits would not hurt the US role in Asia but admitted that China may have been happy he canceled.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, October 8, 2013
Obama has put a top priority on reorienting US foreign policy toward a continent marked by China's rise. But he called off a four-nation trip as the federal government shut down in a standoff with the rival Republican Party.
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